Assault Weapons Ban: Bill to Be Introduced in 2013

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In the wake of Friday's Connecticut school shooting, a U.S. Senator says she plans to propose an assault weapons ban on the first day of Congress' new session in 2013.

President Obama's Newtown speech Sunday night promised strong action to prevent further tragedies, but steered clear of specifics in that particular setting.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was more direct.

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"I'm going to introduce in the Senate, and the same bill will be introduced in the House - a bill to ban assault weapons," Feinstein said on NBC's Meet the Press.

The sickening murder of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School by Adam Lanza has rekindled a familiar, national gun control debate.

Some legislators (mainly Democrats) say gun laws need to be tightened; others maintain that such regulations are impractical, ineffective and unconstitutional.

President Bill Clinton signed an assault weapons ban into law in 1994, but the measure included a sunset provision and expired a decade later.

Democrats have tried several times since then to renew the ban, without success; President Obama has not made gun control a priority of his time in office.

Feinstein also called for the ban to be renewed after James Holmes massacred an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.

"Who needs these military-style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds?" Feinstein said.

"These weapons are not for hunting deer - they’re for hunting people."

On Sunday Feinstein laid out details of the bill: "It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession, not retroactively, but prospectively."

It will also ban the sale of clips of more than ten bullets, Feinstein said, with the bill's simple purpose being "to get weapons of war off the streets."

Feinstein would not comment on whether President Obama had failed to lead on gun control thus far. "He is going to have a bill to lead on," she said.

Should major gun control laws like this one be passed?


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Mrs. Feinstein you are correct about one thing. Some of those military style weapons aren't for hunting deer. They are indeed for fighting humans who oppress us as a people. You are walking a thin line with our rights, and if you and your kind decide to do something as stupid as confiscation or outlawing our firearms, we only have one thing to say. μολὼν λαβέ!!!!!!!!!! More commonly known as Molon labe.


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IThis gun ban will only restrict what the law abiding upstanding citizens can posses. The criminals will always be able to get there hands on any kind of weapon they want. And further more people who say that you dont need a 100 round clip, or a ak-47 to hunt... i totally agree, but the second amendment was not put into the constitution to protect firearms for hunting. It was put in to protect the citizens of the united states to protect themselves from a government that is trying to infringe upon rights. If this law passes it will restrict any law abiding citizen from purchasing any firearm that has a clip that has the ability of holdin more then 10 rounds. That means any kind of hand gun rifle shot gun ect... As far as grandfathering of guns each person who owns a firearm that falls under the bans restrictions will have to register them under the same law as a machine gun. This means if you want to carry your firearms across state line you have to apply for permission to do so. I hope i explained this in a diplomatic manner. Thank you for reading


first disarm us devide us and destroy us those who have no true meaning in society which are disabled elderly those on states welfare bridge card diabetes aids patients will be most of those among the low class the children wont be affected because they are the future which will be groomed by them


shooter in CO got his legally from a dealer . if an AWB passes im not turning anything in. im keeping them, for my protection. from who? anyone who attempt to deprive me of life.

@ rob

Smart man. Molon Labe


God people are retarded. A handgun can be more devastating than a rifle as you can conceal it and have a high caliber. And what if we are invaded by an aggressive force? We need guns to defend ourselves even from other humans. How many shootings do you see in places like Texas where everyone and their daughter has a gun? Tell me about how drug laws prevent people from doing drugs or the unconstitutional prohibition amendment stopped people from drinking. The real issue isn't guns, it's the person who used it. You can be just as devastating if not more devastating with a Knife in public where there is no sound.


creating more laws isnt going to stop criminals. its already illigal to take guns on school grounds or to shoot up little childeren but that certainly didnt stop this guy. what im trying to say is that guns laws are only going to affect law abiding citizens, not criminals.


if a gun ban is passed all it will do is cause more people to die is the goverment to dumb to relize this people are not just going to give up something they have bought and paid for


What makes a AR-15 a "ASSAULT" weapon? It is nothing more than a SEMI-AUTO rifle!!!!! If you rob someone with a handgun you will get charged with Aggravated ASSAULT with a firearm, but you don't seem them called ASSAULT weapons. Had a female tell me the other day that she was a anti-gun activist and that ALL guns needed to be banned. Funny how when I told her if she was assaulted and being brutally beaten and raped she would be grateful if someone came to her rescue with a gun she had no response!!! I don't tell you what brand of clothes you can wear, what jewelry you can own, and how to decorate you house. SO DON"T TELL ME WHAT I CAN OWN AND BUY WITH MY OWN MONEY AND HOW I SHOULD LIVE MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@ Been to Iraq

I agree with you and Sgt. JAX gun control is not the answer if someone wants to kill someone and cant get a gun they will use a knife or go down the street and buy a gun and ammo some one that wants to kill is going to kill u cant stop it by gun control this whole thing is stupid just look at Australia crime went up when they took their guns from them


To be honest in America right now, any sort of gun bill law is hugely needed.

@ Corn

And what are you hoping to accomplish with these laws? I agree there needs to be more gun laws...that allow me to carry a gun in more places than I can right now. The laws we have right now are the reason that many children died at Sandy Hook. They completely eliminated the opportunity of an armed principal or teacher to stop him. I'm not sure if you're a student, but I am. 23 years old with a concealed weapons permit. I can carry practically everywhere I go except school. But what is it about the invisible boundary of a public school campus that all of the sudden takes away every bit of responsibility and qualification my state has given me? Instead, I have to sit in a class room and wonder every single day, "If a shooter came in right now, what could I possibly do about it other than just lay down and die?" Pass laws till you're blue in the face but the guns are not the problem, the sick individuals and sick behavior that we are normalizing is the problem!

@ Corn

I disagree, bad laws produce bad results. If you want to make things better to make yourself feel good, which is all it would do because no law in the world would have stopped this, then make all gun buyers, private or through a business, get a background check. Perhaps have the states share the info and enforce the law when it comes to mental illness. There is already a block on the form asking about mental illness and medication but no one enforces it and no one checks it if the states don't report it to the fed.

@ GC

There is a check done if you purchase a gun from a dealer. The laws will only hurt law abiding citizens. The criminals will still get guns.